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a very distinguished 43-year career in the united states navy including service as chief of naval operations. wile serving in the -- while serving in the navy, he also managed to obtain advanced management training at the harvard business school. few have the combination of practical military experience and sharp budgeting and management knowledge that admiral mullen possesses. respect for mike mullen is a major reason so many distinguished individuals chose to join this coalition, and it's now my pleasure to add -- to introduce admiral mike mullen. here he is. [applause] >> thanks, pete. and thanks for your leadership on this project which, as you said, goes back decades. and i really do appreciate all of you coming here today at what is a truly critical juncture for our nation in terms of our national security. our economic viability and our continuing leadership role overseas. it was in response to a reporter's routine question more than two years ago he first raised these concerns. he asked me what's the greatest threat to the united states' national security. as chairman of t
, american g.i. forum, dissociation of the united states navy, blinded veterans association, disabled american veterans. iraq and afghanistan veterans, jewish war veterans, military officers, association of american black veterans, national association of the united states. national military family association, paralyzed veterans of america. the american legion veterans and veterans of foreign wars, veterans of modern warfare, united spinal association, veterans of america and the wounded warrior project. mr. president, i ask unanimous consent that their statement of all these veterans organizations be included in the record. >> without objection. >> i would also ask unanimous consent that a very moving letter from a very famous man, a chinese man who is blinded recently was able to leave china, and i would asked that his letter the one he will be included in the record. >> without objection. i won't quote from the full record in statement. but he says that this treaty is making this idea real and insignificant ways around the world. 1 billion people with disabilities live in developi
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